German Antitrust and Competition Merger Control

Germany

Key Contacts

Experience

  • Merger Control

    • Representing clients in European merger control proceedings and, where applicable, in the ensuing appellate proceedings. Most recently we acted as counsel in the Linde/BOC, Oracle/PeopleSoft, ThyssenKrupp/HDW, AirLiquide/Messer Griesheim and Tetra Laval/Sidel deals.
    • Representing clients in German merger control proceedings and, where applicable, in the ensuing appellate proceedings. Most recently we served as counsel in the Thermo Electron/Kendro deal and in the E.ON/Ruhrgas minister authorization procedure.
    • Coordinating European or German merger control proceedings that may be required in jurisdictions in the United States or elsewhere.
  • Antitrust Law

    • Representing our clients in European or German merger control proceedings and, where applicable, in the ensuing appellate proceedings or civil law antitrust processes. Most recently,we acted as counsel in the Austrian Banks case.
    • Representing our clients in European or German abuse proceedings and, where applicable, in the ensuing appellate proceedings. Most recently, we represented Deutsche Telekom in reviewing its connection fees.
    • Advising in the structuring of distribution, cooperation and technology transfer agreements and compliance programs.
  • State Aid

    Our state aid practice includes the representation of our clients in European state aid proceedings and where applicable the ensuing proceedings before courts of appeal as well as advising on national implementation law. Our experience covers the following:

    • Support for recipients in obtaining and defending state aid. For example, the successful defense of the German hard coal subsidies before the European courts.
    • Support against impermissible subsidies for third parties. For example, representation of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg in its challenge of the German emissions trading system.